The Illinois Poor People's Campaign 40 Days of Action are taking shape, beginning with actions in Springfield on Mondays May 14, 21 and 28 at 2pm.
Week 1, Monday, May 14:"Somebody's Hurting Our People: Children, Women, and People with Disabilities in Poverty"
The first week begins with a pre-rally training for those who have not participated in a previous training at 12 noon, a rally at 2pm at the Lincoln Statue in front of the State Capitol, followed by a march to the Illinois State Board of Education. The focus will be on women, youth, people with disabilities, and children in poverty, including a call for a full year state budget with no more cuts to human services and education. There may be buses from Chicago, but you are encouraged to make your own travel arrangements if possible.
Week 2, Monday, May 21: “Systematic racism and economic justice”
The second action will focus will be on systemic racism and economic justice. Those in Chicagoland can join workers from the Fight for $15 campaign at a 9am action at McDonald's corporate headquarters in Oak Brook; FF15 workers will be heading from there to Springfield. There will be buses from Chicago/Oak Brook (more info later), but again you are encouraged to make your own travel arrangements if possible.
Week 3, Monday, May 28: “Veterans, our war economy, and militarism”
The third action will be Monday, May 28 in Springfield, again at 2pm. The focus will be on veterans, the war economy, and militarism in our society.
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- We are planning a mass meeting in Chicago closing out the six weeks of action on the evening of June 18th. The theme is on “A new & unsettling force challenging our nation’s distorted moral narrative,” and CRS is invited to help shape this event. Are you interested in learning more or being a part of this work? Sign up here to be a part of this interfaith action.
- For the next two weeks we are having Movement Wednesday meetings at the SEIU HCII offices, from 6:30-8:30pm. There we will give updates, help with planning, provide nonviolent civil disobedience training, and opportunities to volunteer for the various roles we use in Springfield (jail support, marshals, police liaisons, bus captains, media spokespersons, recruitment for religious leaders to lead, translations, musicology/chants).